"I was born in a small village
as the first son of not unprosperous parents."
In his autobiographical notes—issued in the book Passion of Youth (1897-1922)—Wilhelm Reich curiously omits the name of the village, where he was born: Dobrzanica / Dobzau / Добряничі (translit. Dobrianychi). The place is situated 60 km South of the former Galician capital Lemberg (Lwów / Львів / Lviv). 100 years ago, Dobrianychi was one of the Easternmost outposts of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. In 1900—Reich was 3 years old—the family moved to Yuzhynets (Южинець) near Czernowitz (Чернівці/Chernivtsi). Today Dobrianychi and Yuzhynets are parts of Ukraine. Both places are waiting to be rediscovered.
After all, that is, where it all began. Learn More →
On March, 24 1897 Wilhelm Reich was born in Dobrianychi. Reich's parents Leon and Cecilia had married two years earlier in Lemberg (Lviv). Learn More →
In 1900 Reich's father Leon got the opportunity to manage a huge agricultural estate, owned by Joseph Blum (the brother of Reich's grandmother). The Reich family moved to Yuzhynets. Learn More →
In 1910 Wilhelm Reich was sent to the German gymnasium of Czernowitz (Chernivtsi), where he lived with a host family. Learn More →
1918 Wilhelm Reich came to Vienna, together with his brother Robert. Reich studied medicine and met Sigmund Freud, who accepted him to the psychoanalytical association. Learn More →